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HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

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JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

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JAMES HOWARD

ANALYST

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HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

GIAC SOLIMAN

ASSOCIATE

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JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

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JAMES HOWARD

GRADUATE ANALYST

MEET THE TEAM

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HALUK UGUR

ASSOCIATE

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JASMINE TAN

ANALYST

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JAMES HOWARD

GRADUATE ANALYST

HALUK UGUR
ASSOCIATE

HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN MERCER | KEPLER?

I joined Kepler after graduating with a degree in Mathematics and moved over to Mercer following their acquisition of Kepler.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO CONSULTING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

I was drawn to a career in consulting as I envisioned an opportunity to utilise my analytical prowess, expand my commercial awareness through working with a multitude of companies of varying size and sector, and work with like-minded, ambitious individuals in a fast-paced and stimulating environment.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE 'EXECUTIVE REWARD' IN PLAIN LANGUAGE?

Executive Reward is the design, implementation and study of remuneration frameworks at the executive level. Board directors on the company’s remuneration committee are tasked with setting the pay of the CEO and his/her direct reports to ensure that the framework is competitive, appropriate and fit for purpose. They must balance the need to be objective, act in the best interests of shareholders, keep abreast of evolving legislation and market guidelines, and maintain the business’s ability to attract, retain and motivate key talent.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN TERMS OF WORK AND PROJECT INVOLVEMENT?

A typical day as an Associate at Mercer | Kepler will involve managing and finding solutions to my clients’ present needs – unlike many other consulting roles, Executive Reward projects are usually more fast paced with shorter timeframes. You may be advising anywhere between 5-10 clients at any given time on a variety of workstreams, including a holistic review of a remuneration policy, drafting of a remuneration report, support with a shareholder consultation or an empirical analysis of company performance against the market.

 

No days are the same and you are constantly presented with fresh client scenarios to keep you engaged and challenged. Mercer | Kepler was founded by strategy consultants who are both financially savvy and commercially astute – they couple a passion for data analysis with supreme stakeholder management to develop market-leading solutions for our clients and they have been critical to my development.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR AND WHY?

My most interesting project to date was a complete review of the remuneration policy for a FTSE Natural Resources company. I was given tremendous exposure and responsibility in every stage of the process, including stakeholder interviews, market research, development of strawman proposals, client presentation, finalising proposals and implementation support, including support with the shareholder consultation and drafting of communication materials. Liaising with the senior management team and the Board Directors and bringing in the external market perspective to help develop the most appropriate remuneration policy for the client was an incredibly rewarding experience.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEVELOPMENT FROM WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED?

My experience since joining Mercer | Kepler as a Graduate Analyst in January 2016 has been exceptionally rewarding – not only have I fulfilled my initial ambitions, but I have benefited greatly from the unique opportunity of working directly with the most senior executives in an organisation and from being a part of an industry that is complex, constantly evolving and growing in importance.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

Mercer | Kepler is a meritocracy at its core and I am grateful for the opportunities that have contributed towards my development. My focus now is to fine tune my client management skills, continue to provide high quality advice to all my clients and support the growth of the team and its market presence.

JASMINE TAN
ANALYST

HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN MERCER | KEPLER?

I joined in September 2018 as part of the Mercer Career graduate programme. Prior to joining Mercer | Kepler, I did a BSc in Actuarial Science at Cass Business School. During my degree course, I spent a year as a placement student in Belfast at Mercer’s Wealth Analytical Services office working on actuarial calculations for our Defined Benefit clients.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO CONSULTING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

After the experience, I decided to pursue a career with the Mercer | Kepler team to gain more client exposure and improve my analytical and soft skills. I was particularly interested in the varied nature of consulting and these experiences have made me a more well-rounded and more confident individual.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE 'EXECUTIVE REWARD' IN PLAIN LANGUAGE?

At Mercer | Kepler, we advise our clients on how best to reward their Executive Team and Board of Directors. In this, we take into account various aspects: company culture and strategy, market data, corporate governance best practice, regulations and investor behaviour amongst other things.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN TERMS OF WORK AND PROJECT INVOLVEMENT?

My days usually involve analysing a dataset which involves research into various sources (e.g. annual reports or use of a data provider such as Eikon) and summarising my findings in a report. Our reports are provided to both Remuneration Committees (individual members from the Board who are Non-Executive Directors who make decisions on executive pay) or to management (e.g. HR, Finance and Executives). This could be both quantitative (e.g. pay data) and/or qualitative (e.g. performance metrics that affect executive pay).

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR AND WHY?

So far, my favourite project involved drafting a Director’s Remuneration Report for a client listed on FTSE AIM. A Directors’ Remuneration Report is the annual report for remuneration. This report sets out how a company pays its executive team, the pay decisions that were made, and why those decisions were appropriate in consideration of the company’s strategy and performance.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEVELOPMENT FROM WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED?

I have been given the opportunity to engage directly with clients to discuss their aims and the desired approach, including key messaging around strategy and performance. It has been a fantastic opportunity for me to improve my consulting skills and to see projects through from start to finish.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

I could not have done this without the support of my colleagues. I am grateful to be a part of a supportive and talented team that strives for excellence in all that we do.

JAMES HOWARD
GRADUATE ANALYST

HOW DID YOU COME TO JOIN MERCER | KEPLER?

I recently joined Mercer | Kepler as a member of the 2019 Graduate intake in September, having previously gained a BA (Hons) Degree in History from the University of Nottingham.

WHAT ATTRACTED YOU TO CONSULTING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

I was initially drawn to consulting as I felt it would be a great marriage between analytical pursuits and more people-based relationship management, and this has proven to be a vital characteristic of Executive Remuneration consulting since joining.

 

Mercer | Kepler are at the forefront of the market as proven by their track record of advising many FTSE 350 organisations as well as being a founding member of the Remuneration Consultants Group. However, what really drew me to the company was the opportunity to work in a relatively flat hierarchical environment with the opportunity to gain quick client exposure and experience.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE 'EXECUTIVE REWARD' IN PLAIN LANGUAGE?

In its simplest form, I would describe Executive Remuneration as the vehicle that enables a company’s top executive employees to be retained, motivated, attracted, and ultimately rewarded for their performance. As such, at Mercer | Kepler we advise clients on how best to implement and leverage this ‘vehicle’.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE A TYPICAL DAY IN TERMS OF WORK AND PROJECT INVOLVEMENT?

My average day in terms of involvement on project work frequently starts at the inception of a project as we collectively make a plan of action around our deliverables and time-frames, of which as an analyst I will tend to own the initial data analysis and drafting of report materials. As the life-cycle of a project advances towards completion I stay on hand to support with any further project demands, and once completed I am able to participate in follow up correspondence and presentation to the client.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE PROJECT SO FAR AND WHY?

I have been fortunate to work on some fascinating projects so far, however my favourite would definitely be one of our on-going projects advising the Remuneration Committee of a multinational distribution and retail FTSE 250 client, of which I have experienced the full range of services we as Executive Remuneration consultants offer, such as target setting, benchmarking, and LTI design.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DEVELOPMENT FROM WHEN YOU FIRST JOINED?

I would describe my development since joining Mercer | Kepler in September 2019 as fast-paced, extensive, and thoroughly enjoyable.

WHAT DO YOU VALUE THE MOST ABOUT WORKING AT MERCER | KEPLER?

I have really valued the wide-ranging opportunities to get stuck in to meaningful work, and I look forward to my continued client exposure and responsibility.